The following is based on my experiences working in language schools, private and state universities, summer schools and middle schools, giving private lessons, and visiting all sorts of teaching institutes all over Turkey. All types of workplaces will have positives and negatives, these are just some things to look out for. I hope this post … More The Truth about Teaching in Turkey
Here in Turkey, there are just a few weeks left until schools break up for the summer. On top of that, it’s Ramadan, so some teachers and students are fasting. It’s a difficult time of the year in schools – the students are unmotivated and teachers are tired. It may be tempting to put a … More End of Semester Activities
I originally posted this last year, so thought I’d share it again as it’s the end of December, with a few updates and added links. The lesson plan below applies to the words of the year from 2016, so if you want to keep it current, you’ll need to substitute the words from 2017 – … More Words of the Year – updated lesson plan for 2017.
Fancy winning a free trip to Chicago or Brighton? Or how about a place on a professional development course? There are quite a few competitions around at the moment for English teachers and their students. Taking part can help with motivation and if you or your students win, there are some great prizes (or at … More ELT Competitions
I don’t know about you, but I still feel nervous at the start of a new term, or any time I have a new class. I thought it would get easier with experience but with almost a decade of teaching experience, it hasn’t. I tell myself that if I feel a bit anxious, then how … More Getting Ready for First Lessons
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The next Delta module one exam is on Wednesday 7th June. It’s a year and a half since I took the exam, and I thought I would share some tips and useful links. I got a merit for the exam, so I must have done something right, despite my…
One of the sessions I attended at the IATEFL Conference in Glasgow was Keiran Donaghy, talking about how to use short films to encourage empathy. My own workshop explored instances of various -isms and -phobias in the classroom and how teachers can deal with prejudice in a careful manner. Working and living in Turkey, I have noticed some … More Refugee Blues – Poetry Activities in ELT